Unfortunately, the weather conditions leading up to last weekend were not ideal, so this report will also cover the days leading up to it. Virtually all the fishing was done in the estuaries, with boats reporting mixed results. There have been some very good Barra and Mangrove Jacks caught. Water temperatures have been cold during the morning, however, as the temperature warmed up during the afternoon, the fishing improved. The water temperature around the mouths have also been up to 3 degrees warmer than that a few miles upstream. This does not mean that you cannot find warmer water upstream, it just means you need to look for sections of shallow water with sun on it. At times, you can follow that warmer water up the river. Soft plastics can often out-fish hard bodies in these circumstances, however, at times, small non-rattling lures (timber) will receive the bites.

Reports of good numbers of Bream and Whiting in the coastal creeks have also been filtering through. The Grunter have also been around, with some excellent fish being caught in both the coastal creeks and the Hinchinbrook region.

Although the mud crabs have dropped off from their high numbers in May and June, I had one family in the shop mention that they had caught seven nice muddies last weekend.

The only other highlight from the estuaries was some very nice Fingermark caught from the sheltered waters off the Hinchinbrook Channel.

Land-based fishermen and fisherwomen can do well at this time of year by fishing some of the more sheltered areas such as Tama Shanta Point, Clump Point,  and the Cardwell foreshore. Unfortunately, extreme care is needed not to be taken in croc country, especially if fishing at night.

Some nice Barra have been caught in the freshwater reaches of the Johnstone, Tully, and Murray Rivers. These fish can mostly be found around shallow backwaters or shallow weedy sections of the rivers.

The super keen and fit have managed some nice Sooty Grunter and Jungle Perch in the local creeks. This can be tough work at this time of year but will start to improve at the end of August and as we head into September.

Unfortunately, the various weather sites have been predicting 15 to 20 knots again for this coming weekend and some rain. We have only a modest run in the daytime tide, which will suit those wishing to fish for Barra and Jacks in the creeks. Normally, I would pick either side of the early morning low tide, however, with the water temperatures being what they are, it would probably pay to fish the afternoon run out tide.

Either side of this afternoon high will also suit fishing for Grunter around the edges of the sand bars or the deeper holes around the mouths of the creeks. If you are keen to chase Whiting, try the first of the early morning run in tide.

Good Fishing

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